"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
We are told by the Apostle John that whatever we ask according to His will, we know we have what we ask (1 John 5:14-15). Jesus is instructing us to pray God's will, "Lead us not into temptation". James 1:13 tells us that God tempts no one. 1 Corinthians 10:13 instructs us that God provides a way out of temptation and the strength not give in while being tempted. In Matthew 26:41 Jesus teaches us to watch and pray that we enter not into temptation because our flesh is weak.
We know that we have two sources of temptation. First, James 1:14 informs us that our own sinful desires tempt us to sin. Second, 1 Thessalonians 3:5 reveals that the Tempter (the Devil) tempts us just as He tempted Jesus in the wilderness. As we pray, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" we are asking the Lord to lead us away from temptation and deliver us from the temptations brought to us by our own sinful desire and by the Tempter, the Devil.
As we pray this prayer, we will be protecting ourselves and those we pray for from temptations to sin. We need this! Are you praying this way continually as Jesus commanded in Matthew 6:9, "Pray this way continually..." (the verb form signifies continuous action)? Begin today.
We are blessed when we obey the Lord (Luke 11:28).
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